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Transition from milk-based diet to family food impacts Infants’ gut bacteria

A new study from the National Food Institute, Technical University of Denmark, and the University of Copenhagen reveals that gut bacterial composition established in early childhood may help scientists understand its relation to diseases later in life. The study finds that “it is the transition to eating the family’s food and not the weight of the mother that has the greatest impact on the composition of gut bacteria in nine-month-old children.”

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“Infants are born virtually without bacteria in their gut. Since a good composition of gut bacteria is important for the immune system and a healthy digestive system, it is interesting to identify the factors that affect the gut bacteria in children’s first years of life.” Read more.

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